CEOs and salaries

The truth about salaries

Jeff Haden wrote a great piece recently on the “7 Things Employees Wish They Could Tell Their Boss About Salaries.” These include items such as “We don’t care about pay scales,” “We will sometimes let you take advantage,” and “Reasonable pay is okay.” I like to think I have learned these things and more during […]

Book Launch Party Sept. 11 at Capital Factory

Fellow Austinites and those who may be in the Austin area on September 11: You are cordially invited to attend my book launch party at Capital Factory! We’ll be celebrating the publication of my first book, “The CEO Tightrope.” This book has been years in the making and is my attempt – based on my […]

Don’t Outsource Your Knowledge

Originally posted on Mike Hawkins:
Experts who track the world’s body of knowledge claim that it took from 0 A.D. to 1500 A.D. for the world’s prior knowledge to double. Now, with advances in technology and the proliferation of content on the Internet, they claim that the world’s knowledge is doubling every year. They forecast…

CEO Fail: The Playboy King

I spent some time recently in England and experienced for the first time the concept of monarchy. Seeing the English King’s palatial estate at Hampton Court brought home the opulence of the 17th century monarchy. Clearly there was no distinction between the possessions of the monarchy and those of the country. I have seen CEOs […]

Quick guide to CEO decision-making

Making decisions is such an integral part of the CEO role that I devoted an entire chapter of my upcoming book to it. For a quick cheat sheet to making good decisions, see my latest article in Entrepreneur: 10 Steps to Quality CEO Decision-Making

The most important managerial skill

This is an excellent blog post by Bryan Goldberg, the founder of Bleacher Report. He says the most important managerial skill is “battle-picking,” or the skill of knowing when to let employees make decisions – even decisions that the manager believes to be incorrect – and when to jump in and dictate a solution. On […]

How CEOs Should Bridge Strategy and Tactics

How CEOs Should Bridge Strategy and Tactics

Fast Company recently interviewed Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson about his efforts to educate employees on being more productive: “On Having a System – Any System.” Much of what he discusses focuses on organizational skills: How employees should manage their time, be more task-oriented, keep up with contacts, etc. He has even taught a class on […]

How CEOs can get all employees on the same page

I recently wrote an article for The CEO Magazine called “Engineering an Aligned Organization,” where I actually do the math about how complex it is to try to manually align an organization with a few as 50 people. It is the CEO’s responsibility to ensure that every employee understands the company’s vision/goals and how those relate to their day-to-day […]